We can center our life on the things of the spirit- on others, on our fellowship with God. This is what distinguishes people from one another. Jesus came to show us what the real things are that we may center our hearts on these. The real treasure of life is the Lord Jesus Christ in your heart, His love shining through you to others.
Sometimes circumstances break the hold of the world on us and help us to find the real treasure. God often works in this way. Moth and rust corrupts our treasure... our business goes down, or misfortunes come. In the emptiness of life, our eyes are opened and we see the real things. Sometimes it may be the passing of a loved one. But we need not wait for these things to change the center of our life. We can go to the Heavenly Father and earnestly ask Him to open our eyes. Then we can invest our life and service, and lay up treasure in Heaven.
~ Pastor Keith Letterman, Farmer Baptist Church, Denton, NC - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: Proverbs 23:7
In our text, Solomon writes "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he". We wonder sometimes why people will act, speak or react the way they do. It is because it is in their heart. I have heard people say they said something "before they thought." This is a false statement for the Bible says, "for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" (Matthew 12:34). Anger doesn't cause someone to speak the way they do, it only reveals what is already in their heart.
So how can we change the way we think? Paul admonishes the church at Philippi to "Let this mind be in you, which was
In Matthew 6:21 is found a very penetrating statement. It is: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." It reveals a lot about us to ourselves. A mother's treasure is her little child. Wherever he is, there her thoughts are and her interests lie. What touches the child touches her very life. Her plans and hopes are tied up in him. Or perhaps it is a man whose son is in some distant land. If he by chance sees the name of the place where his son is, he wants to read all about it, for it concerns him. His heart is there with his son. There may be another man whose treasure is in his business. Perhaps he has worked all his life to build it up and it occupies all his thoughts and spare time.
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Read: I John 2:28
also in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 2:5). You see, your mind will only think or respond according to what you put in it. What are you putting into your mind? What are you reading, watching or listening to? As Christians, we are indwelled with the Holy Spirit and He is grieved when we take part in that which is unholy and can hinder that grieving process by flooding our minds with ungodly things.
We can reverse this wrong thinking by saturating ourselves in God's Word and weighing our everything in the light of Scripture. Psalm 119:11 says, "thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against three." You see we can change the way we think by running these things through the filter of God's Word. Philippians 4:8, "Finally, my brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
~ Pastor Larry Turner, Hurricane Baptist Church, Wise, VA - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
that the promise has long gone unfulfilled, but one day it will happen! Secondly, John wanted them to be assured of the reckoning- when Jesus comes, He is going to give out rewards, and we are going to give an account of the deeds done in our bodies, whether they be good or evil. This reckoning will be a serious matter -- some will be able to look Christ in the face with confidence, while others will stand ashamed before Him at His coming.
How often have we heard people bemoaning the fact that they dread facing Christ at His judgement seat? Yet the Apostle Paul did not dread it; rather he looked forward to facing "that righteous Judge." Also, the Apostle Paul did not feel dread at the appearing of Christ; he rather prayed that it might come more hurriedly, saying, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
How are we doing in light of this thought? Will we face Him with an un-read Bible, un-prayed prayers, un-warned family members and neighbors? Will we be ashamed before Him at His coming; or can we face Him with confidence that He will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant... enter into the joy of the Lord?"
~ Dr. Farrell Shepherd, Island Ford Baptist Church, Madisonville, KY - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
In this text the reference to "abiding" in Christ is very similar to the statements of our Lord in John 15, speaking of the relationship of the branches to the vine. We know that this is not speaking of salvation, but service. John is certainly not referencing our endeavoring to "keep ourselves saved," but is rather speaking of us staying close to our Lord's side and walking continually in His will.
There are two events mentioned here that the Apostle wanted his hearers to be sure about. The first thing is the revelation- the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. It may seem